Jan. 17, 2004
PHOENIX, Ariz. - Fowzi Abdelsamad scored 18 points and Head Coach Gary Stewart earned his 150th career victory as UC Davis won its fourth straight game with a 66-48 victory over Grand Canyon University in a California Collegiate Athletic Association men's game Saturday night at Antelope Gymnasium.
With the win the Aggies improve to 8-5 overall, 5-3 in CCAA play. Grand Canyon falls to 2-11 on the season, 1-7 in conference action. The four-game winning streak is the first for UC Davis since ending the 2000-01 season with four straight victories.
The game belonged to the Aggies from the start as UC Davis took an 8-6 lead in the opening minutes and never looked back. Following a tough contest Friday night in San Diego and an early morning plane flight in which they lost an hour by changing time zones, UC Davis was the aggressor all game. The Aggies pressed from the start, forcing the Antelopes into 12 first-half turnovers.
The turnovers mounted as Grand Canyon managed just one field goal over the final 13 minutes of the half as UC Davis built a 32-18 halftime lead. Abdelsamad did most of his damage in the opening 20 minutes, scoring 13 points as the Aggies held the Antelopes to an opponent season-low scoring for a half.
In the second half it was more of the same. UC Davis came out strong and increased its lead to 18 following an Abdelsamad three-point play six minutes in. The second half saw a number of players step up for the Aggies as freshman Ari Warmerdam came off the bench to score six straight points midway through the period.
By the end of the contest all 10 Aggie players were present in the scoring and rebounding columns, the first time that has happened this season.
"This was a total team effort tonight," said Stewart. "We got a great contribution from our bench, which was critical. Ari was sensational, Ryan (Schwarz) played defense as well as he has all year, JaQay (Carlyle) was excellent at both ends of the floor and Phil (Rasmussen) gave a tremendous effort.
"Every hour, every day and every week this team is getting a better understanding of its abilities within the offense," Stewart continued. "It's a maturation process and we're getting better."
Abdelsamad was the only Aggie in double figures with 18, followed by Warmerdam's nine points. Thomas Juillerat added seven points as did Rasmussen to go along with his team-high five boards. The Aggies shot 51 percent from the field on the night.
Grand Canyon was led by Curtis Green's 16 points while Mike Daye finished with 14 as the only other Antelope in double figures. The Aggies forced Grand Canyon into 22 turnovers on the night, resulting in 19 Aggie points.
UC Davis will next be in action on Friday when it returns to Recreation Hall to host Sonoma State. Gametime is set for 6 p.m.
UC DAVIS (8-5, 5-3 CCAA)
Fowzi Abdelsamad 7-13 1-1 18, Gus Argenal 2-4 0-0 6, Rommel Marentez 2-7 0-0 4, Robert Ehsan 3-6 0-0 6, Thomas Juillerat 3-5 1-2 7, Phil Rasmussen 2-5 3-4 7, JaQay Carlyle 0-0 1-2 1, Ari Warmerdam 4-4 1-2 9, Anthony Esparza 1-2 2-2 4, Ryan Schwarz 2-5 0-0 4. Totals 26-51 9-13 66.
GRAND CANYON (2-11, 1-7 CCAA)
Jabari Riggins 2-7 2-2 7, Curtis Green 4-12 8-9 16, Brian Lee 1-2 1-2 3, Frank Carranza 0-1 2-5 2, Mike Daye 6-10 2-2 14, Jeremy Dahlberg 0-0 1-2 1, Brian hunter 1-5 1-2 3, Caliph Mohammed 0-2 0-0 0, Ricky Greer 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 15-40 17-24 48.
Halftime: UC Davis 32-18. Three-Point Field Goals: UC Davis 5-18 (Abdelsamad 3-7, Argenal 2-4, Ehsan 0-1, Esparza 0-1, Marentez 0-2, Rasmussen 0-3), GCU 1-7 (Riggins 1-2, Carranza 0-1, Mohammed 0-1, Green 0-3). Rebounds: UC Davis 26 (Rasmussen 5), GCU 29 (Carranza 8). Assists: UC Davis 11 (Marentez 3), GCU 10 (Riggins 3). Turnovers: UC Davis 15, GCU 22. Fouls: UC Davis 23, GCU 17. Fouled Out: Juillerat. Att. 156.